To call a wedding a stressful event would be an understatement. In many cases, ensuring that the ceremony and reception go off without a hitch requires a considerable amount of time, money and effort. As such, once the banquet hall has been cleared out, the temptation to put the whole experience to rest can be overwhelming.
No matter how thrilled you are to have tied the knot, there’s no denying that seeing a wedding through to completion can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. However, while the heavy lifting may be done, there are still a handful of small post-wedding tasks you and your spouse will need to attend to.
1. Send Out Thank You Cards
The longer you put your thank you cards on the backburner, the more cumbersome this task will ultimately be when you get around to it. Furthermore, taking an excessively long time to write these cards and send them out is liable to reflect poorly on you in the eyes of friends, family members and other wedding guests. With this in mind, make a point of getting the jump on your thank you cards.
As a general rule of thumb, you should get started on your wedding thank you cards immediately after returning from your honeymoon. Additionally, if you have any downtime during the honeymoon, you may want to consider making a dent in these cards.
It’s a given that you and your spouse will be closer to certain wedding guests than others. Nearly every wedding has guests that don’t know the couple very well and people who are only invited out of obligation. Still, these people took time out of their schedules to attend your wedding and spent money on transportation and gifts. That being the case, the absolute least you can do is wish them well and provide a small token of gratitude.
2. Create Your Wedding Album
Since your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, it’s only fitting that memories of this day be preserved forever. This is where a masterfully-arranged wedding album enters the picture. Couples used to create these albums in cooperation with wedding photographers, but with the rise of user-friendly photo-editing software, many couples are now opting to undertake this task on their own.
Wedding albums are best created when the big day is still fresh in your mind, so if you and your spouse have elected to arrange the album yourselves, don’t let this task linger for weeks or months.
In addition to creating an immersive album, there are numerous other measures you can take to preserve wedding day memories. Laminating your guest book, for example, is a great way to preserve this keepsake for decades to come.
Furthermore, having wedding attire thoroughly cleaned and safely stored is an absolute must for couples who never want to forget their big day.
3. Leave Reviews for Your Vendors
For better or worse, online reviews can effectively make or break a small business in the digital age. While many people only leave reviewers when they’re displeased with a business or feel that they’ve been mistreated, people who are pleased with the service they received generally aren’t as driven to leave feedback. However, since a growing number of businesses have come to rely on favorable online reviews, it behooves consumers to give credit where it’s due.
This is particularly true in the case of wedding vendors. If a catering service or reception venue has gone above and beyond the call of duty, it’s only fitting that you show them some love online. In addition to talking these businesses up on social media, take care to leave them glowing reviews on some of the web’s most popular consumer feedback sites.
It’s no secret that weddings can be stressful, financially strenuous undertakings. In fact, depending on the size of the guest list, venue choices and preferred date, a wedding can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally, the planning phase often puts relationships to the test.
That being the case, it’s easy to see why so many couples breathe a sigh of relief after the big day has come and gone. However, even in the wake of a wedding, a number of lingering chores need to be performed before couples can truly let their hair down.
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